How to create, edit, and delete Calendar events on your iPhone or iPad

How to create, edit, and delete Calendar events on your iPhone or iPad

The built-in iOS Calendar app on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch provides a great way to keep track of all your appointments and events. While it's faster to use Siri to create basic events, if you need more precise control, or if you want to edit existing event details, you can also do it the old fashioned way -- by tapping your way through the Calendar app's multitouch interface!

How to manually create a Calendar event on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Calendar app from the Home screen of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
  2. Tap the + button at the top right to begin adding a new event
  3. Enter the name for your event or appointment in the **Title* field.
  4. Enter the place of your event or appointment -- either real-world or a web URL -- in the Location field.
  5. Tap the Arrow at the right of the Start Ends Time Zone to change the scheduling.
    1. Tap Start and then spin the time dial at the bottom of the screen to set the start point of your event or appointment.
    2. Tap End and repeat the same procedure to set the end point.
    3. Toggle All-day to ON, alternatively, for an all-day event.
    4. Tap Time Zone if you want to change the event or appointment to a different time zone
  6. Tap Repeat if you want your event or appointment to reoccur. Repeat options include every day, every week, every 2 weeks, every month, or every year.
  7. Tap Alert if you want to be notified before your event or appointment occurs. Alert options include at the time of the event, 5 minutes before, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 1 day, and 2 days.
  8. Tap **Calendar* if you want to change the calendar your event appears on. You can choose from any calendar set up on your device, including iCloud, Google, etc.
  9. Tap Availability if you want to use the event to establish your schedule, typically for work environments. Options include busy, free, tentative, and out of office.
  10. Tap the **Notes* field if you want to add text to your event or appointments. For example, you can add directions, menu ideas, names of people you want to remember, or anything else.
  11. Tap the blue Done button to save the event.

On the day or week view, you can also touch and hold at the time you want a new event to automatically create it, set it to that time, and open the event view so you ca add further details.

How to manually edit or delete a Calendar event on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Calendar app from the Home screen of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
  2. Tap the event you want to edit
  3. Tap the field you want to change and set the new value, as shown in the "how to create an event" section above.
  4. Tap the blue Done button to save the changes.
  5. Tap **Delete* and confirm the deletion to remove an event or appointment entirely. If the event is repeating, choose whether you want to delete just that specific event, or all occurrences of the event.

On the day or week view, you can also touch, hold, and drag events to change their time or even day.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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There are 2 comments. Add yours.

laurimt says:

My edit button disappeared.

Christine Morrison says:

My + button is grayed out and cannot be used. My settings show I'm synced and I've done all updates. What do I need to do to utilize my calendar?